Timba is alive and well in and outside of Cuba, from a flourishing scene in Peru, to Miami, Sweden and the list goes on... To that end, Tiempo Latino are a timba band based in Helsinki, Finland. Here is a new video form their self-titled album out now on Cuba Music 
Tiempo Latino - Palo pa mi Macho

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Evelyn is a casino figure that starts with a prima, after which the lead goes a turn and then brings the follower back around in a move similar to a croqueta. I have heard that an “Evelyn” can also be basically considered a turn for the lead where hands are switched behind the back and as such can be started with moves other than a prima, such as an enchufla.
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Dance Papi demonstrate Evelyn
  • Sep 13-16 - Calle de Timberos in Wroclaw, Poland – impressive looking event with a concert by Barbaro Fines y su Mayimbe and lots of great teachers and workshops
Some intriguing events in Cuba  this summer
  • The First International Timba Festival August 2-4 in Havana featuring a stellar lineup including Azucar Negra, El Nino y la Verdad, Bamboleo, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Klimax, Havana de Primera, Adalberto Alvarez, Issac Delgado, Pupy y Los que son son, NG La Banda, Manolito Simonent, Maykel Blanco, Van Van and more
  • The second Varadero Josone Jazz & Son Festival is coming to Varadero from August 22-25 featuring big names like Van Van, Adalberto Alvarez, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Paul FG, Manolito Simonent, Havana de Primera, Alain Perez, Halia, Buena Fe, El Chacal, and more
  • Adalberto Álvarez has announced his band will be hosting an event called “Del Son al Casino” - a regular Friday night engagement from the sounds of it – at the Salón Benny Moré of La Tropical in Havana. Aparently it will feature dance performances in various historical and current rhythms and styles, as well as social dancing and more. 
A Montreal concert for fans of Cuban music:
  • Aug 13 - Alain Pérez is playing La Tulipe in Montreal - they also have dates at festivals in Chicoutimi and Gaspé – direct from Havana Cuba, this is an artist worth traveling for!
Of interest to our Halifax readers
  • Wed July 17 - Free To Move on the Waterfront – free class 6pm-7pm, dancing 7-9pm (kizomba after 9) - salsa intro class this week, best/only social in the city for Cuban music and dance
  • Thu July 18 - Haliente - salsa/bachata/etc social at the waterfront, 8-10:30pm
  • Thu Jul 25 - Augusto Enriquez - erstwhile singer with Cuban band Moncada is playing a free show at Compass Distillers. 7:30-10:30pm
  • Fri Jul 26 - Big Boxwood Ceilidh Dance & BBQ - this is not a salsa event, but every year Boxwood does a weekly program of wooden flute and traditional/early music in Lunenburg –  followed by a Musique Royale best-of tour around the province – along with a program of concerts by the teachers, who are some of the top musicians in their field from around the world - free event 6pm-10pm at the Lunenburg waterfront  
  • Sat Jul 27 - DJ Junior at Jamaican Vibes - DJ Junior DJs a Latin night with a mixed bag of music  
  • Mon Aug 12 - SalsaBot at GoodRobot - fundraising event for the East Coast Salsa team
  • Fri Aug 16 - Black and White Bachata Night - at Haliente 
  • Sat Aug 17 - Salsa On Argyle - Haliente is putting on another dancing in the street party
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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